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Exit teal season, enter archery deer season and you have what’s happening for hunters in Texas. The icing on the dessert is that squirrel season, archery for Rio Grande turkey season, and javelina season mean there is no shortage of outdoor opportunities available.

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I have gotten so many reports — mostly good — this week that I might not be able to cover them all. There are a couple of hunting seasons now open and another coming along soon. Fishing has been good in some places and excellent in others. There has also been some news concerning the drought’s effect on wildlife.

It is the time of year to finalize your hunting places and dates and to sight in rifles. Hey, folks, it is the early fall in Southeast Texas and things are beginning to happen, so it’s time to get ready.

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It normally takes some fairly strong cold fronts to put the flounder on the move. That has not been the case this year. At least it hasn’t been the case for those anglers that are going after them primarily.

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It does seem more like the beginning of summer than the beginning of fall. There was an extended winter last year with very little springtime before the hot summer began. With a cold dry fall and a hot dry summer, many of the duck ponds have disappeared. With the bluewing teal already migrating into our area, the folks that have water will have teal.

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 The latest report that I’ve received concerning the drought in the Texas Hill Country has been spotty, at best. The ranches that are in similar areas have different reports, at times. What seems to be the difference is that the ranches may be only a few miles apart and one has gotten a little rain while the other hasn’t. There is also the element of natural creeks or rivers and the presence of water tanks that are not dried up. No matter whether a ranch contains all of the water positives or none of them, it is super dry in the Hill Country.

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